Charleston airport passenger count soars 24 percent in October; on pace for record 4 million in 2017
A month after threatening hurricanes dented the number of people traveling in and out of Charleston International Airport, passenger traffic in October more than made up for the September loss.
A record 362,851 people, or 11,705 people a day, flew in and out of the state's busiest terminal last month. That’s a 24 percent increase over the same month in 2016, according to Charleston County Aviation Authority, which oversees the airport.
Quinns due back in court for South Carolina Statehouse corruption probe hearing
COLUMBIA — One of the South Carolina's top political consultants and his lawmaker son are scheduled to return to court Tuesday in their Statehouse corruption probe cases.
Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen is expected to schedule deadlines for motions and possibly trial dates for Richard Quinn and Rep. Rick Quinn during the hearing, said Debbie Barbier, the attorney for the elder Quinn. The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Beaufort, said Jim Parks, clerk of the state grand jury.
Charleston technology firm Blackbaud to ring in #GivingTuesday campaign
Executives from Blackbaud Inc. will ring the opening bell at the Nasdaq stock exchange to help kick off the annual #GivingTuesday philanthropic push.
Completion of Delemar Highway widening in Summerville makes highway safer for Ashley Ridge students
SUMMERVILLE — Dorchester County residents and officials are celebrating the long-awaited widening of a deadly stretch of highway in a fast-growing rural part of the county.
“This project is huge for this community,” said Ashley Ridge High School Principal Karen Radcliffe of the widening of three miles of S.C. Highway 165, also known as Delemar Highway.
Former Kiawah Island officials accused of defrauding town plead not guilty in federal court
Two former Kiawah Island officials pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday to charges stemming from allegations they defrauded the town out of $200,000 between 2011 and 2015.
Appearing for their respective arraignments at the federal courthouse in Charleston, Tumiko Rucker, former town administrator, and Harrison Kenneth Gunnells, former town treasurer, each face one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Citadel board considering across-the-board tuition hike
The Citadel Board of Visitors is expected to vote Saturday on an across-the-board tuition hike for the 2018-19 school year, affecting in-state and out-of-state students alike.
The board's Operations and Risk Management Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend an increase of about 3.2 percent in the rate paid by all undergraduate students. The full board must approve before it could take effect in July of 2018.
Publix to open smaller-format GreenWise Market grocery store in Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant will be the site of Florida-based Publix Super Markets' second smaller-format store, the company announced Monday.
The 25,000-square-foot GreenWise Market will focus on specialty, natural and organic products. It's expected to open in 2019 in Indigo Square, a new mixed-use development of retail, apartments, hotel and storage space across from Lowe's home improvement store on U.S. Highway 17.
Summerville girl, 14, dies in four-wheeler accident
A 14-year-old girl died Sunday after the four-wheeler she was driving flipped into a Ladson ditch.
Summerville resident Brianna Bracy was identified Monday as the victim of the all-terrain vehicle crash, Chief Deputy Mike Cochran of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said.
Bracy was steering the Can-Am Renegade before 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the Trinity Place easement, and an 18-year-old woman was riding on the back, an incident report stated.
With the holiday season almost in full swing, authorities caution against consumer scams
Phony, virus-laden confirmation emails for products you never purchased. Phone calls from individuals posing as retailers or law enforcement, demanding money under false pretenses. Internet pop-ups promising products from online stores that don't exist.
These are just a few examples of schemes aimed at consumers that authorities are warning against headed into the holiday season, with big-time sales events like Black Friday and other popular holiday shopping promotions right around the corner.
Charleston-area residents arrive in droves Monday morning to receive holiday gift cards at Star Gospel Mission
The annual holiday gift card give-away at Star Gospel Mission on Monday morning drew upwards of 900 people, with a line half-way around the block.
The recipients were given gift cards that are intended to help them better afford items for holiday meals, according to the mission. The gift cards are made available via the Star Gospel Mission and the Good Cheer Fund of The Post and Courier.
Charleston City Council to consider tax hike to fund drainage fixes, pay raise for city employees
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg has presented City Council a balanced budget for 2018, but it doesn't include new money for some top priorities such as drainage fixes or pay raises for city employees.
The mayor is leaving it up to council to decide if it wants to cover any of those expenses, and if so, whether to raise property taxes to do it. Some of those choices could be made Tuesday at a budget workshop after the regularly scheduled council meeting.
Grapevine: North Charleston auto parts firm shifts gears, changes name
A North Charleston business mall that fetched $42 million this month includes some familiar-sounding names among its tenant roster, such as Mahle Behr and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Another employer that leases space at the nearly 1.1 million-square-foot Leeds Park might not ring a bell: AAM Charleston Manufacturing.
The reason is it hasn’t always been known by that moniker.
Select Health program demonstrates how education is closely tied to health
When Precious Felder's mother told her she might be able to earn her GED through her health insurance, she thought it was probably a scam.
It wouldn't make sense for a health insurer to sponsor an educational program, she thought. But that's exactly what Select Health, the largest company managing Medicaid plans in the state, was offering with its Mission GED program.
Stephanie Barna joins The Post and Courier as food writer
Post and Courier readers just back from vacations or business trips to places renowned for their restaurants often write to share their dining experiences. And in more cases than not, they end their dispatches with some variation of “but we realized we eat better in Charleston.”
Charleston’s got it pretty good when it comes to food. It’s also not hurting for talented food writers, one of whom today joins our staff as a reporter.
The Francis Marion: Historic Charleston hotel seeks to address modern-day issues
Even in Charleston, there comes a time when preserving every piece of history simply costs too much to be practical.
Such is the case for the original windows at the iconic Francis Marion Hotel, according to owner Steve Dopp.
The 1924 single-pane windows "are a constant problem," Dopp told Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review last week.
Despite worries, panelists see bright future for container shipping
From the difficulties of recruiting young people for maritime industry jobs to the impact low-sulfur fuel requirements will have on shipping costs, leaders in the container shipping business tackled an array of questions during a panel discussion at the South Carolina International Trade Conference last month in downtown Charleston.
Notre Dame tops Gamecocks in Gulf Coast title game
ESTERO, Fla. – Third-ranked South Carolina suffered a 24-point turnaround in its first loss of the season Sunday, falling to No. 6 Notre Dame in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase, 92-85. USC (6-1) led by 12 in the second quarter, but an inability to stop the Fighting Irish’s dribble-drives and freezing shooting left the door open for a massive turnaround.
Now a new team, Miami a far cry from group that lost to Clemson 58-0 in 2015
CLEMSON — Mark Richt doesn’t remember much from Oct. 24, 2015.
He knows he was the head coach at Georgia back then, but he does not remember having a bye week that particular Saturday and he definitely does not recall watching his alma mater Miami lose to Clemson 58-0 in his free time.
Sapakoff: Fixes for bad student fan behavior at South Carolina, and Clemson
Clemson players immediately set the tone for Clemson’s 34-10 victory Saturday night. As South Carolina fans jumped around whipping white towels during the traditional “Sandstorm” blast before the Williams-Brice Stadium opening kickoff, the Tigers were waving their own white towels on the sideline. They wanted a louder version.
Upper Charleston peninsula hotel project gets green light
It was more than six years ago when Eddie Buck Jr. and partners with Jupiter Holdings proposed a 100-foot-tall hotel by the Ravenel Bridge on upper Meeting Street.
The design finally got final approval from the Charleston Board of Architectural Review last week.
City Council approved the extra height at 600 Meeting St. in November 2011. Since then, development on the upper peninsula has continued to boom, including an apartment complex across the street that will have more than 300 units.
Mount Pleasant police looking for suspect in Rite Aid armed robbery
Mount Pleasant police are asking for the public's help identifying a man suspected of robbing a Rite Aid store Sunday morning.
Police released surveillance images of the man, who was wearing jeans, a black jacket, a black hat and dark colored shoes during the armed robbery. He is described as a white male with blue or gray eyes and brown sideburns. He wore a mask during the robbery.
Charlotte developer pursues new storage facilities, apartment complexes in Charleston
A Charlotte developer has multiple projects in the works in the Charleston region.
Ryan Hanks, founder of Madison Capital Group and formerly with Charlotte firm White Point Partners, is planning several new storage facilities and apartment complexes locally.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney responds to Brent Venables-Arkansas report
CLEMSON — Brent Venables, the guru Clemson defensive coordinator and perhaps the best assistant coach in all of college football, is on Arkansas' radar for a head coaching position, according to a report from CBS Sports ' Barrett Sallee.
MUSC program aims to tackle fitness of young people with autism and other disabilities
James Johnson calls out instruction after instruction. Like in a typical yoga class, meditative music plays, set to a backdrop of groans as Johnson ramps up the difficulty.
There are the usual complaints when the instructor settles into a plank position, and the same sighs of relief when he orders upward or downward dog.
West Ashley resident is first documented swimmer to circumnavigate James Island
Traveling 33.8 miles in a little more than 13 hours doesn’t sound too impressive. Until the mode of transportation is considered.
For Brian Lanahan, it was his arms and legs.
No, he wasn’t walking. The College of Charleston professor was swimming.
On Oct. 11, Lanahan circumnavigated James Island to become the first documented swimmer to achieve the feat.
Cross man who police say stole SUV with 3 kids inside appears in court
The man who authorities say stole an SUV with three sleeping children still inside appeared in court Sunday morning where a magistrate set bond.
Anthony Rutledge Jones, 30, of Cross, was charged with three counts of kidnapping and one count of grand larceny, receiving a $150,000 surety bond for each kidnapping count as well as a $1,500 surety bond for the grand larceny charge.
Summerville police said the three children were found unharmed after the car they were asleep in was stolen.
Approaching century mark, Preservation Society underscores new approach with a new motto: “Keep Charleston REAL”
Nearly 20 years ago, Austin, Texas — which was at risk of losing its special identity because of national chain stores — came up with one of most memorable slogans for an American city: “Keep Austin Weird.”
The Austin Independent Business Alliance used it to promote small, locally-owned businesses, and it worked so well that copycats in Portland, Ore., Madison, Wis., and even Asheville, N.C., borrowed the idea to preserve their own weirdness and independence.
Military branches battle for prized young recruits
After graduating from high school, Vanessa Givens wanted more opportunity than she felt her South Carolina hometown offered.
"Our family didn't focus on education. We focused on getting a job," she said. "In Beaufort, there's not many opportunities outside of being a cashier or working at a local department store."
COLUMBIA – Clemson is the (much) better team. We all knew that coming into this game.
The thought was that the Gamecocks could feed off the crowd’s energy, throw a wrinkle or two into the gameplan that could get the Tigers guessing, and make it a close game. In the fourth quarter, perhaps something crazy happens and USC is in position for the winning score.
CLEMSON — There is a new No. 1 in the AP Poll. The top honor now belongs to Clemson.
The Tigers, who knocked off South Carolina 34-10 on Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium, took over the No. 1 spot after Alabama lost to Auburn in the Iron Bowl and Miami lost to Pittsburgh, which makes the College Football Playoff picture a bit muddier moving forward.
For Clemson, however, the path is clear. A win against Miami gets the Tigers in, a loss could bump them out.
Opioid use by S.C. Medicaid recipients is down due to drug monitoring program, report says
The state's prescription drug monitoring program is showing promising results in reducing opioid prescriptions written in South Carolina, according to a new University of South Carolina report.
USC researchers were contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services to analyze the effect of the state's prescription drug monitoring program on Medicaid recipients' opioid use.
Make the holidays a celebration for your less fortunate neighbor and donate to the Good Cheer Fund
Diabetes had taken away a grandmother's sight and two of her limbs, but she still wanted to buy Christmas presents for her six grandchildren.
All of them were in the woman's custody, and she was struggling to make ends meet. But with help from the Good Cheer Fund, the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston was able to help the Johns Island grandmother buy new clothes to gift to the children on Christmas.
With a manufacturing boom under way, officials look for space to prepare S.C. workers
A space crunch is hitting a technical college just as the latest marquee players in South Carolina's expanding automotive cluster are getting ready to ramp up employment. It's forcing state and local officials to find an alternative site to train the thousands of people who will work the production lines at Volvo Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans starting next year.
Death penalty trial upcoming for father accused of killing 5 kids in Lexington County
Down a dirt road, toward the back of an overgrown lawn strewn with children's toys and garbage, a warning sign once hung above the doorframe of a mobile home.
"Is there life after death? Trespass here and find out," read the message, accompanied by an illustration of a handgun.
One person dead in early morning two-car accident Sunday, Charleston police say
Charleston police are investigating a two-car traffic accident that left one person dead.
The early morning accident, which authorities say happened around 5 a.m. Sunday, briefly closed down traffic near where it happened at Savannah Highway and Wappoo Drive.
The individual, who died on scene, has not been identified.
Empty nets and light wallets as fall shrimp season disappoints in South Carolina
The fall white shrimp season has been a painful one for South Carolina’s diminished fleet of trawlers, with many people wondering what’s become of all the tasty crustaceans.
"They’re just not here," said Grace Edwards, head of Shem Creek Fisheries, whose husband runs a trawler.
Fall shrimp landings tracked by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources are running far below average, by hundreds of thousands of pounds. In Mount Pleasant, fundraisers are being held for the Shem Creek fleet.
Why S.C. preservationists are trying to keep a key tax break
Charleston businessman Cameron Glaws and his partners are poised to sink about $1 million into fixing four long-abandoned cottages on Charleston's Jackson Street. And he realizes he's starting just in time.
That's because the work to save the Jackson Street cottages — like many of the nation's most ambitious private historic preservation projects — would not be possible without federal and state tax credits.
Honorably discharged veterans can now shop tax-free online
Just this month, an estimated 18.5 million honorably discharged U.S. military veterans became eligible for a tax-free shopping option that should give them an opportunity to save some money.
A change in Department of Defense policy allows those veterans to shop online at military exchanges. The websites are a modern version of the Post Exchange and Base Exchange stores that military veterans are sure to remember.
Old Piggly Wiggly site in West Ashley will be reimagined by Clemson students
The vacant Piggly Wiggly building at Ashley Landing sits somewhat precariously at the tip of a triangle bordered by Old Towne Road, Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Sumar Street. Traffic zooms by on two sides.
It’s an awkwardly positioned 2.5-acre plot, now owned by the city of Charleston, which purchased it in August for $3 million.
Hicks column: South Carolina education policy involves grabbing a shovel
All you need to understand South Carolina education policy is a 10-second clip of Ted Knight in "Caddyshack."
In one scene from that classic film, poor caddy Danny Noonan tells Judge Smails — played by Knight — that, “It looks like my folks won’t have enough money to put me through college.”
Without missing a beat, the judge says, “Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too.”
U.S. Supreme Court has rejected 8 other Episcopal cases. S.C. group hopes its case is different
The U.S. Supreme Court is known for refusing to review disputed constitutional issues until the right case comes along.
For the property rights battle dividing The Episcopal Church and breakaway groups nationwide, at least eight such cases have come and gone in as many years. The court has rejected each one.
Dabo Swinney told his team about Alabama loss pregame, now Clemson poised for No. 1 ranking
COLUMBIA — Alabama lost to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Before his own team took the field against South Carolina, Dabo Swinney made sure his Clemson players knew.
"They know because I told them," the Clemson football coach said. "Yeah — I told them."
Gamecocks suffer through another offensive no-show in rivalry loss
COLUMBIA – The question has come back around, as it has in every loss this season and really since Will Muschamp was hired.
Why isn’t South Carolina better offensively?
The Gamecocks came into Saturday’s rivalry game with Clemson ranked 104th in the country out of 129 teams. Nobody was making a federal case out of it because after all, USC won eight games with that offense.
Sapakoff: Rivalry loss to Clemson is abridged version of Gamecocks’ season
COLUMBIA – There is never much shame in losing to a better, smarter, more focused team likely to be ranked No. 1 when the next College Football Playoff poll comes out.
At least the post-Clemson loss ride home was shorter for South Carolina this time.
The Gamecocks’ 34-10 loss to Clemson Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium was slight improvement over the 56-7 embarrassment that was South Carolina’s trip to Death Valley last November.
COLUMBIA — Jake Bentley and the South Carolina Gamecocks have seen this before.
After suffering through a humiliating 56-7 beatdown at Clemson last year, the Gamecocks were dominated in a 34-10 loss to the Tigers Saturday night.
Bentley, USC's sophomore quarterback, told reporters over the summer that the Tigers would not beat the Gamecocks as badly this time around.
Well, it wasn’t a 49-point loss on the scoreboard, but the defeat was just as one-sided for the Gamecocks.
Hunter Renfrow, Tee Higgins step up big for Clemson in 34-10 win against South Carolina
COLUMBIA — Ten games passed and Hunter Renfrow still had no touchdowns to his name.
Externally, it seemed a bit perplexing from the Clemson wide receiver. Internally, though, Clemson coaches knew it was a matter of time until his first score of 2017.
“Obviously,” co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said last month, “Hunter Renfrow just steps up whenever you need something.”
Clemson crushes Gamecocks and likely cements rise to No. 1 in CFP rankings
COLUMBIA – “Never again” was more of the same.
Fourth-ranked Clemson rocked South Carolina 34-10 for its fourth straight rivalry win Saturday, riding an opportunistic defense and the Gamecocks’ own backfiring emotions. The Tigers (11-1), ranked third in the College Football Playoff polls, will likely jump to No. 1 on Tuesday due to Alabama’s loss to Auburn, and stand a defeat of Miami in the ACC Championship Game away from having the chance to win a second straight national championship.
Gamecocks likely headed to Taxslayer Bowl in Jacksonville or Music City Bowl in Nashville
COLUMBIA — While Clemson’s postseason picture won’t come into focus until after next Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, South Carolina’s bowl destination will likely be Jacksonville or Nashville.
With the Gamecocks' loss to Clemson Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium, most projections have them playing in either the Taxslayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 30 or in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 29.
Coroner: Motorcyclist killed in James Island crash identified
A motorcyclist killed in a crash on James Island late Friday has been identified.
Kristofer Hoyes, a 28-year-old James Island resident, was declared dead upon arrival at Medical University Hospital, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office.
The crash happened at 11:47 p.m. near Secessionville Road and Goodlet Circle, according to information provided by Charles Francis, a Charleston police spokesman.
Students accused of sex assault are challenging disciplinary process at South Carolina colleges
Emboldened by the federal government, South Carolina students accused of sexual misconduct are taking colleges to court over disciplinary procedures they call unfair.